Papuan Devilfish, Papuan Goblinfish, Papua Scorpionfish.
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Also known as Papuan Devilfish, Papuan Goblinfish and Papua Scorpionfish.
Found singly or well camouflaged around coral reefs blending into plants, rocks, mud and sand.
Very similar to Tasselled Scorpionfish young with exaggerated facial skin appendages and long cirri above eyes.
They feed on small fish and swimming invertebrates.
Length - 22cm
Depth - 5-40m
Scorpionfish are masters of camouflage, enabling them to lie in wait for their victims to come close, before lunging forward and inhaling their prey with their large mouths.
When disturbed they raise the spines along their backs and will usually move off out of harms way, however, if cornered they are able to charge at considerable speed.
Highly dangerous and poisonous with venomous spines along its back if trodden on etc.
Heads up! Many creatures change during their life. Juvenile fish become adults and some change shape or their colour. Some species change sex and others just get older. The following creature(s) are known relatives of the Papuan Scorpionfish (Juvenile). Click the image(s) to explore further or hover over to get a better view!
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